A friend from college, who was the best man in our wedding, is coming to visit us this weekend! This is the first guest to stay with us in our new apartment and I'm thankful to have a space to welcome people into our home.
Since this is our first guest, I am taking every opportunity to do what I love - cultivating a cozy space for our family + guests. In preparation, I've been doing some extra tidying, rearranging and, of course, BAKING!
I've tested and tweaked this cookie recipe for years and have finally settled on the perfect combination of ingredients to achieve crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside cookies. Perfect for guests!
When I was young, we'd travel to Florida every spring break and my dad would request the song "Sweet Caroline" at our favorite beachside restaurant. I have such sweet memories of being serenaded, and feeling so loved by my dad and the rest of the restaurant singing along.
That's why I'm calling these Sweet Caroline's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I hope they bring you joy when baking (and eating!) them. I hope they make you feel as loved and cared for as my dad made me feel - and that you share them as a gift of love to those in your life!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
2tsp vanilla extract (not the imitation stuff!)
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Beat together butter and both sugars until combined
- Slowly add in eggs and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until fluffy
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking soda and salt
- If using a stand mixer, switch to paddle attachment (the dough will be thick and tough to mix!)
- A few cups at a time, add in dry ingredients, mixing after each addition until completely combined
- Fold in chocolate chips and mix until combined
- Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray, parchment paper or silicone baking mats
- Scoop dough in 2-inch balls onto baking sheet
- Bake at 375 for 13 minutes or until brown on the edges and top
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling rack for 15 minutes before enjoying!
For best freshness, enjoy immediately, or store for up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Otherwise, freeze for up to 2 weeks.
I'd love to hear your feedback once you try the recipe! Drop me a message below and let me know how they turned out.